is Rio's main event. It happens at the
peak of summer, when Cariocas are at
their best. Festivities attract thousands
of people from all corners of the world.
Carnaval, as spelled in Portuguese,
is a 4-day celebration. It starts on
Saturday, and ends on Fat Tuesday, or
Mardi-Gras. Dates change every year.
Carnival Sunday is seven weeks before
origins of Carnival are unclear, but most
agree that it started as a pagan celebration
in ancient Rome or Greece. Carnival balls
were imported to Rio from Italy in the late
nineteenth century, and had their golden era
in the 1930 through 50's, with legendary balls
at the Copacabana Palace and the Municipal
Samba Parade began in the 30's - first timidly
at Praça XI, and later on Av. Presidente
Vargas. It found a permanent home in 1984
at the Sambodrome, a structure in the downtown
area. Today Samba Parade is broadcast to
dozens of countries, and all Brazilian states.
Many people think of it as the greatest
show on earth.
much more to Carnival than the Samba Parade,
though. Street Carnival is loads of fun, free,
and it happens all over the city. You are
more than welcome to watch and to participate.
Banda de Ipanema is one of the most traditional
ones. It was founded in 1964, and today it'slisted
as part of the city cultural heritage, attracting
many as fifteen thousand people!
gotta have balls if you think this is not
enough! Hey, don't get us wrong. We are
talking about the fabulous balls that happen
at the clubs before, during and after Carnival!
Pick out the right parties, and learn the
do's and don'ts. You will get an idea of
the good times waiting for you with our
(Funny but) True Carnival Stories
2004 happened from February 20-25. Beija-Flor
was the champion of the Samba Parade, for
the second year in a row! Carnival 2005
is from February 5 through 8. Request your
hotel booking using our convenient reservation
form, and choose from dozens of options
in areas like Ipanema and Copacabana.